Seems like just a few months ago Kaby Lake was launched (oh wait, it was!) and Intel is already back on the scene with their 8th Gen CPUs.

Coffee Lake comes out on October 5th, and we’re going to be putting together some 8th Gen builds soon.

But before we do, we thought we’d shed some light on Intel’s newest flagship gaming CPU.

That chip is the new Intel gaming desktop king - the Core i7-8700K. This 6-core, 12-thread 3.7GHz CPU retails for $379, and it’s bringing some compelling performance improvements to the gaming space.

That sweet, sweet K designation means overclocking, and it’s looking like that was a priority when designing this chip. According to Intel, it can be overclocked to 4.7 GHz using Turbo Boost 2.0, and 5GHz and higher speeds once you bring in air or liquid cooling solutions.

Intel’s also including some useful overclocking tools, including a maximum memory ratio of 8,400 MT/s, enhanced PLL trim controls, and more effective power delivery.

If you’re into streaming, and who isn’t these days, this chip’s got you covered. There’s a serious emphasis on multitasking with the 8700K, in addition to the expected higher frame rates and performance increases.


So what’s the downside?

Well, if you want to take the plunge into this Lake, you’re going to need a new board. Even if you’ve got a 7700K, 8th Gen CPUs are using Intel's Z370 chipset, so your Z270 motherboard isn’t going to work.

There are a few advantages to Z370, like better power distribution for 6-core CPUs and increased support for DDR4-2666 RAM, so it’s not the end of the world, but it was an interesting decision by Intel not to support older boards.

Check back soon for more 8th Gen info, and some awesome builds right around the corner.